When it comes to Christmas, there is nothing better to think about, then Jesus Christ, our Lord. Why is this? It is because He is the reason for the season, not Santa or anything else, for nothing can take His place in the hearts of men, women, and children. Sure, the world likes to make people think about Santa and the gifts they may receive from Him, but really we should be telling our children and others about Jesus and His glorious birth instead. So in saying this, let us now read about Christ’s birth, while reading from Luke, chapter 2. It begins with the following… 1“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.” (Luke 2:1-6) How amazing it is to learn of how Jesus came into the world. It wasn’t through royalty, but through poverty. At this time, His parents were traveling back to their hometown in Bethlehem, because of taxes. This was the place that was prophesied of that Jesus would be born.
It was in Bethlehem that Joseph and Mary searched for a place to stay for a night, for Mary was close to having her baby. And the only places they could find and afford were the inns in that town. However, because of so many people coming into the city at that time, they were all booked, having no room for them and their child, who was to be born soon. So, fortunately, they found a place, which was in a barn. It was here that Jesus was born and laid in a manger. This is that story, 1“and she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:7-14) What a glorious moment this would have been for the shepherds in the field that night. Oh, how they must have felt to experience this angelic visit and to know that the Savior of the world was recently born.
The story of Christ’s birth continues with the Shepherds, who went off in haste to visit Joseph and Mary. After what the angel said, they had to go see Jesus, their Messiah, first hand. He was promised to come into the world for centuries and their Lord and Savior had finally come. This account reads, 1“and it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” (Luke 2:15-20) What a time this must have been for the shepherds to see Jesus first hand, even at His birth. This time on earth cannot be matched, for the King of all kings had just come into the world. No wonder why they told everyone about Christ’s birth and glorified God. It is my prayer that you also will be bold enough to tell others about Jesus. If you love Him, then the spirit of boldness will enter your life like no other. Surely, it is good news we share about Jesus, so don’t be afraid, my friends. Glorify Him and praise His holy Name.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will begin to give You the glory that You deserve. Surely, Your birth was like no other on this earth, and we ought to be thinking of You and Your coming into the world at this time. The season that we are in is often replaced with Santa, and the gifts that we can receive, where our hearts should be turned to You. No person on earth can ever take Your place, oh Lord, and I pray that people will be reminded about this fact now. May people that say they believe in You also decide to put You first in their lives and give You the glory that You deserve. May they no longer teach their children to write letters to Santa, or to sit on his lap, in order to tell them what they want for Christmas. Help them understand the blasphemy in this, for they are replacing You with figurative and made-up people. Oh, how my heart is saddened just thinking of how You are being blasphemed in these things, and I pray that people will turn from their sins and come unto You fully, even this day. Then, will they begin to not only live their lives out for Your sake, but also teach their children to call upon Your Name in prayer and to read the Bible daily. There is wisdom found from seeking You and I pray that people will find the counsel they need for their lives in doing this. Then, will Your love start to flow from us and into other people’s lives. You are our God and I love You. All the glory and praise to Your holy Name, Jesus. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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